iOS 12.1.1

Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.1 beta 3, halting downgrades to a jailbreakable firmware

In an unfortunate turn of events this week, Apple appears to have stopped signing iOS 12.1.1 beta 3 for most or all iOS devices. Before last night, this was the last jailbreakable firmware that could still be downgraded to via iTunes since Apple closed the signing window for the official iOS 12.1.1-12.1.2 releases exactly one month ago.

Hacker an unc0ver lead developer Pwn20wnd confirmed the unsigning status via Twitter in the wee hours of the night, shortly following up with reports saying that it was still being signed by Apple for certain devices. As expected, a couple of high-profile individuals such as rootlessJB 3.0 developer Jake James and OsirisJailbreak12 creator GeoSn0w confirmed that the firmware wasn’t being signed for their devices:

Apple officially stops signing iOS 12.1.1 and 12.1.2, thwarting firmware downgrades via iTunes

Following an exceptionally-long and unheard-of grace period, Apple has officially stopped signing both iOS 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 Tuesday evening, a move that packs some serious implications for the jailbreak community.

Update: iOS 12.1.1 beta 3 is apparently still being signed at the time of this writing. Downgrade immediately while you have the chance!

Apple first launched these firmware versions on December 5th and December 17th respectively, each to address small bug fixes and performance improvements in the operating system. But as we know, no software is entirely bug-proof.

Another 3D Touch replacement: iOS 12.1.1 lets iPhone XR expand alerts with Haptic Touch

Marketing image showing an iPhone XR in a woman's hands, with the lock screen notifications unlocked with Face ID

iPhone XR makes up for the omission of a 3D Touch display with Haptic Touch, which is basically a long-tap paired with Apple's precise haptic feedback produced by the built-in Taptic Engine mechanism. Now, Apple's colorful handset launched without a 3D Touch replacement for expanding rich notifications but an iOS 12.1.1 update will bring this action to Haptic Touch.